Triangle is the fourth studio album by American rock band The Beau Brummels. Produced by Lenny Waronker and released in July 1967, it was the band's first album to include songs that vocalist Sal Valentino and guitarist Ron Elliott composed together. The band incorporated fantasy elements and surreal characters into the album's song titles and lyrics, and worked with a variety of session musicians to create Triangle's psychedelic musical style. The Beau Brummels were reduced to a trio—Valentino, Elliott, and Ron Meagher—at the time Triangle was recorded, as former group members Don Irving (guitars) and John Petersen (drums) left the band following the release of the group's previous album, Beau Brummels '66. Triangle reached number 197 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and received mostly positive reviews; critics commended Elliott as a songwriter and compared Valentino's vocals to those of Bob Dylan. The single "Magic Hollow" was ranked one of "The 100 Greatest Psychedelic Classics" in a 1997 issue of Mojo magazine. Warner Japan released this album as WPCP-5252 in 1993. Collectors' Choice Music reissued the album in 2002.Wikipedia
**Triangle, listening state: Sedated but cognitive functions unimpaired.** Are You Happy? - Immediately taken aback by how Bob Dylan-esque this all sounds. The instrumentation is a treat. I hear some sounds that epitomise the "Beach Boys" to some extent, so it's a good example of what the genre would become. It's pretty beautiful. Only Dreaming Now - Western much? Mystic Western music!!!!! Oh my god.... This is so amazing. I feel like I'm playing DnD with Arthur Morgan. Fuck off. This song is amazing. The violin work is gorgeous. It's so... Weird. They mix gypsy music and even accordion with what makes up psychedelic rock... But it's not rock.... But it is? It's amazing. This one is a musical orgasm for sure. The Painter of Women - Once more, Spaghetti Western subverted. Space spaghetti western? Moon Knight walks by a saloon in the city of Valentine in RDR2. Song to murder gunslingers to as a fantasy vigilante. So good I might add it to my playlist. "He is known through the land as the blind gentleman"????? Daredevil, then. The lyrics are bizarre. Deeply weird. It reminds me of Working Class Hero by Lennon in its folk hero lyrics. The Keeper of Time - Back to Alabama and bluegrass, pretty alright. But nothing too inventive. I take that back, this is another musical orgasm. Very Dylan-esque, almost Gainsbourg-like in its composition. I can even sense how it influenced bands like Dio or Blue Oyster Cult decades later. This was petty ballsy for sixty seven. It Won't Get better - This one is straight up Dylan. I don't know what to say about it. I fuck with the rhythm and the trumpets, they give tempo to the vocals-- The rhythm is simplistic until we break it down, they use percussion brushes and whips to give this tshk sound to drums. It takes some inspiration from the forties and fifties and brings it into psychedelic. Nine Pound Hammer - Maxwell's Silver Hammer? I can see the parallels. But it's more akin to some... What?! That guitar riff was so Eric Clapton, I can even hear some Physical Graffiti in there with the scale. The vocals are extremely great and mastered with harmonies in the background, easy to dismiss them at first, but they add to the song. The drumming keeps on with the brushes and whips. And the guitars weep, using bottlenecks and slides to get the perfect squuiiiiiiiier. Banger of a song. Would play this to muffle the sounds of a murder. Magic Hollow - This is gypsy magic!!!!! This is fantasy before fantasy existed!!! This is Dio before Dio existed!!!!!!!!!!! What is this sorcery? I can hear how Black Sabbath took inspiration. It's gorgeous. No, it's magic. The violin.... I'm in love? This is a song I would genuinely want to see in a movie where two characters get high and have sex. This is the sensuality of crazy. And I've Seen Her - Little country bluegrass ditty that feels somewhat out of place at first but I'm not falling for that again. It's going to switch up and leave me gobsmacked. Harmonica work is good? I don't know what else to compliment, the rest of the album's great production makes it into this song but this just feels slightly out of place after Magic Hollow. Ouch, the ending. Triangle - The eponymous and main track of the album... It starts off big with blaring horn and honestly kicks off like a campaign of dungeons and dragons. You feel like an adventurer leaving the Shire, like Bilbo Baggins. You feel it. Great depictions of greenery. "TRIIIIIIIII-AAAAAY-AYYYYY-ANGLE!" This is a precursor to what even Tame Impala does nowadays. Amazing song. Musical orgasm achieved. The Wolf of Velvet Fortune - Great arpeggio guitar start, makes you feel mysterious and like you're in a dangerous camp of bandits as an assassin. Unfamiliar breeze? Very Witcher-esque. A cross between Altaïr and Geralt. The flower crying for the sunlight is akin to humans living in darkness and this song is the light it brings to the blind. The mysticism of the lyrics definitely make this album something entirely different and the beautiful melodies and harmonies of this song make it my favourite of the entire album. Will definitely add it to my playlist and use it for my writing. It's a "delight" as the song puts it. It has Turkish undertones but goes back to being very spoken-word at times, with only the Spanish-ish arpeggio. It's a perfect song.I shed a little tear, to be sure. This song does not overstay its welcome, it's as long as it needs to be to finish the tale of our journey through the land of Triangle. We are reaching the end... "Goodnight" indeed. The harmonies kill me.... Wow. Old Kentucky Home - The last track goes back to being happy, which is a bit odd-- Seeing as it was mystic beforehand. But this song starts off with the simple joys of Kentucky. It's a very earnest song. It breaks into a choir, a full blown choir celebrating the sunshine on his old Kentucky home. It's bittersweet. We went from magic and mysticism to... Kentucky. And it feels reassuring. Especially when you hear "I don't care 'cause I'm alright." A great finish but not a showstopper. Final Score -- This is a concept album. This isn't your everyday country album. As far as saying it's aged better than the Beatles, I'm going to have to somewhat agree and somewhat disagree. I can say it has kept influence, even if people do not realise it, up to modern psychedelic and a lot of its elements have influenced a wider range of genres but the Beatles still do influence just as much, it's more focused within pop, a genre that I "dismiss" oftentimes. Overall, it had an amazing production and quality and I think it deserves a solid 4.2/5.
The soundscapes and lyrics are densely packed into the very brief songs, which are an expert mix of folk rock and psychedelia. This album caught me completely by surprise. Best track: The Wolf of Velvet Fortune
At less than 30 min. this is a reminder of how much shorter albums used to be. Track 2 sounds like King Crimson might sound without Robert Fripp's guitar. I guess this LP was released before King Crimson's first so this could be the influencer rather than influencee. Track 1 and the vocals in general sound like Bobby Dylan. This is a lovely contribution to the short but sweet psychedelic era. I'm glad the psychedelic era didn't overstay its welcome. I guess the record company execs had not yet started to reward music created by formulae. On the last track psychedelic is left behind as the album ends with an excellent foot stompin, bourbon drinkin, good ole boys tune. I have no clue where that came from but I'm glad it dropped in.
Un album très sympathique. A noter que ce groupe très influencé par les Beatles devait à sa création s'appeler The Beautles.
This was an interesting and easy listening. I liked the fantasy vibes but it I grew a bit weary by the end.
standard 60's white-guy rock not terrible, but not good either 2/5 unless it improves in songs 7-11 It didn't.
Qué buena sorpresa de disco. Una mezcla balanceada de folk y psicodelia, a veces me recuerda a Rodríguez pero con mejor producción y obviamente a Dylan, pero con menos factor "gato enojado". Me encanta el detalle de los metales en el fondo. Mis favoritas creo que son "It Won't Get Better" y "Nine Pound Hammer"
easy listening, sounded a bit like billy joel
I actually really enjoyed the whole album (or I guess really more of an EP). It was unique and just an interesting listen.
This album reminds me of my parents.
Great Album - added to faves
Very San Francisco. Elements of folk, psychadelia, bluegrass, flamenco, and classical music come together with fantasy-esque lyrics to create a surreal album that transcends classification. Lead singer Sal Valentinto's vocals echo Dylan in tone and delivery, but are unique in their own way. This album deserves several listens at the least.
dude this is such a great, short album holy shit, 10/10
Fantastic concise album. I am a massive fan and could play this any day with no issue.
Wow, I LOVED this. Great whimsical/fantasy-inspired lyrics, that old folk psych sound that I love, and a surprisingly compelling vocalist. Gonna have this one spinning for a while.
Quite liked this one, it's a happy and tolkienesque sound with some harps, mandolins, etc
The Painter of Women and Magic Hollow are standout songs, with The Keeper of Time close behind. Otherwise, a sound very much like you'd expect from the band. Enjoyable overall.
Very nice, folksy 60s rock. The 60s are truly my music decade.
Fun folky psychedelic pop, but ultimately feels like a sanitised and glossy version of Incredible String Band. Give me ISB any day. Some of the song are great - painter of women has some great vibes, and the cover of Nine Pound Hammer has something to it.
Pónganse su corona de flores y reúnanse alrededor de la fogata, que traigo la guitarra y vamos todos a cantar, oh!!! Este disco está bueno: canciones alegres, muy buen manejo del multitrack y de la estereofonía (dura, muy ad-hoc a la época). Este es probablemente el mejor disco de folk de los que he escuchado hasta ahora de los que propone esta página, y aunque no es mi género favorito, creo que se merece la calificación. ¿Are you happy?
Definitely really trippy, pretty odd sounding at points, interesting vocals, very cohesive 4.25
I had literally zero knowledge of this band. This is actually a really interesting psych/folk listen.
I'll be damned! Not only did I not dislike this album, but I even liked most of the tracks. My only criticism is that the songs are too short (~2mins on avg) and sometimes are missing a proper outro.
Never heard of them before, but that was a lot of fun.
Love me some psychedelic folk pop. A great combo
Honestly, such a pleasant discovery. A little Dylanesque in the vocals, but musically touches on all the great elements of folk music of the 60s.
I really liked this one. I was unfamiliar with all the tunes, so a nice surprise!
Been sat deciding on this one for a while. It's some quite interesting folky music with a bit of country (bluegrass maybe?). I like Magic Hollow, The Wolf of Velvet Fortune and Triangle. There's so many instruments in this album (drum kit, string quartet, acoustic guitars and effects, accordion, shakers, bass, horn section, chimes, harp maybe). The way they use the instruments is really good and add loads of variety, probably the best thing about the album. The singer has a great voice and loves his vibrato. The music can be quite atmospheric, and doesn't feel too Square Dancey, it's something you can actually sit down and listen to. Sometimes stuff with too much variety will go in directions I don't like, but it's the most exciting and intriguing folk album I've ever heard. But, I'm still not fully sold on folk.
1960s folk-rock and psychedelia are not my favourite flavours, but this is pretty good! It's a dreamy, hazy 30 mins of acoustic songs with touches of rock and country. There are a couple of weaker tracks, but most of the songwriting and musicianship seems strong, and the whole thing is coherent and atmospheric. Since it has managed to make an impression on me, despite not being in a style that I generally enjoy, I think this has to be 4/5.
A l'ouverture de notre cher et tendre générateur, mon enervement fut palpable en ce mardi matin. A moins de 24h de l'écoute de la bouse allemande de NEU!, pourquoi diable retrouvons nous ENCORE des artistes aussi peu connus et influents dans cette liste? Néammoins, cet album de Matts Hummels fut de très grande qualité. Problème: la durée ridicule de cet album. Pourquoi s'infliger des heures de Minutemerde, Slayer ou encore Elvis Costello, quand la bonne musique est cantonnée à quelques 25mn d'eclaircie? The Beau Goebbels démontre une fois de plus sa fainéantise légendaire, lui qui s'était on le rapelle endormi sur le parvis du New Nick a quelques minutes de son concert en 1971.
Really cool 60s folk, psych rock record. Fascinated by bands from the 60s and 70s ive never heard of
Kannte ich nicht, find ich gut
This is giving me a little bit of Garfunkel & Oates vibes. I liked it. Giving a 4.
Wow. What an album. Pretty cool. Definitely an influence on the divine comedy
Easy listening classic rock, and it's good!
Good Folk Rock.
My old kentucky home was a fantastic finisher. Sounded like beach boys bob dylan.
I liked it. Never heard them before. But i will listen again!
Album was great, had a very Bob Dylan/The Beatles feel but was very well done
Really good! Kind of a strange mashup of country/acid trip/Beatles/bob dylan but ultimately very enjoyable.
I've heard of the band but never heard any of their music. I believe Sundance re-issued a number of their albums. I loved this album. Beautiful expressive vocals; simple, timeless arrangements. Reminds of the first time I heard Love Forever Changes...no it's not quite as good as that, but damn close. Favorites: Painter of Women The Keeper of Time Nine Pound Hammer Magic Hollow The Wolf of Velvet Fortune 4 🌟
Very much a classic 60's psychodelic album. Largely I think it kind of get's lost in other albums in the era. But something that jumped out at me was there seems to be a strong country influence that wasn't seen as heavily in rock music at that time.
Elements of mid-late Beatles, with a fair amount of Jethro Tull flair thrown in. Lovely string arrangements and meandering song structure. Good listen.
I really enjoy coming across these kind of lesser known psychedelic nuggets. This one seems to be straddling a couple different musical trends of the era: 1) psychedelia and 2) incorporating more overt country influences back into rock music. Those seem like almost diametrically opposed musical directions but they blend it well. Plus, you have some Wrecking Crew members, and even Van Dyke Parks himself, adding some more sophisticated playing to the arrangements.
I quite enjoyed this. Hearing their influence on Ty Segall, not sure if that is real or imagined on my part. Love the variety of instruments, the spirit of experimentation.
I quite enjoyed this album - fresh, bouncy, couple of good tracks with Wolf of Velvet Fortune being a highlight, and short enough to not overstay it's welcome. I'll definitely come back to this one.
Never heard of them before, quite liked it though, slightly early genesis feel
Easy listening album, not very long but a nice almost all songs are great. Favourite songs: - Are you happy ? - The keeper of time - it won’t get better
Quick, snappy, enjoyable.
Light and cheerful piece
Gonna get 4 stars from me. Good old American band, I think rock as a genre but not sure.
Fun listen. It's cool to hear some very early San Francisco folk rock.
Solid folk & country songs complemented by creative production
Standard for what I think of being of this era. Sounds like a knockoff Beatles that I enjoy a good bit
Actually a really solidly enjoyable album. Is it just me, or is there more than a hint of Bob Dylan influence here? I don't know who was there first--I'm guessing Dylan--but there's clearly a sound connection here. Fave track would be "Triangle", the title track. Overall great vocals throughout. While I can't say this is one I completely adore, I would definitely re-listen.
Did not know the band did know the album and had to get used to it, but the music, some kind of 60s folk/country rock, started to grow on me (must have played the album 5 times or so) and in the end I liked it quite well.
Despite the banjo assault in the opening song I liked this more than I thought I would. The title track is a perfectly composed piece of music, love the bellowing brass mixed into the background. Very impressed.
7/10. Good stuff, nothing life-changing.
Nunca tinha ouvido falar e gostei muito. Uma mistura de folk, country e algo meio celta. Achei muita interessante, ouvi algumas vezes e vc nem sente o tempo passar. Algumas músicas parecem histórias sendo musicadas. Melhores músicas: Magic Hollow e The Wolf Of Velvet Fortune.
I don’t know where I went wrong in my high school obsession with the 60’s, but I honestly don’t think I ever heard of the Beau Brummels. And if I did, they didn’t do that much of an impact. But this time they did! “Only Dreaming” really caught me off guard and from there on I was blown away by their grasp of melodies. Among the best examples are “Painter of Women” and “The Wolf of Velvet Fortune”, where especially the latter should rank along the best choruses of the 60’s. I don’t care as much for the fast driven “Nine Pound Hammer” and the pub sounding “Old Kentucky Home” but luckily they don’t tend to stay long with those sounds. Glad to have found the victim of my next vinyl hunt.
Love a good psychedelic album really simple and enjoyable
Honestly it was really fun, nice and short too. A great record.
Well this is a surprise. Great tunes, interesting arrangements and at that exact sweet 66 spot when the beat explosion met psychedelia. Forced to admit this is pretty good, a shame all their catalogue goes for ridiculous prices.
Not bad. The voice feels genuine rather than a straight Bob Dylan rip-off but it is very close. Magic Hollow is definitely the star of the album
The baroque touches accentuate great tunes, the Randy Newman cover at the end sounds like Dylan at his funniest. There’s a couple of questionable ageist lines on the album but overall fantastical lyrics aesthetically fit well with the music.
Van Dyke Parks - ok
Jetzt hatte ich das Gefühl, dass die Verteilung des Sounds auf die Kopfhörer nicht gut war. Entweder stand ich seitlich oder ganz mit dem Rücken zur Musik. Die Stimme war nicht immer überzeugend, aber die Musik war ganz angenehm und abwechslungsreich. Kam insgesamt leider nicht richtig in Stimmung und deswegen würde ich ihre Zukunft in meiner Sammlung als „ungewiss“ bezeichnen.
Boy there sure were a lot of psychedelic folk bands in the mid to late 60s. This one's not bad!
3.5 stars:. Very early rock but bit generic and nothing really stood out. The production was good. Deserves another listening
Ihan mukavaa hippirokkia. Biisit ei ole kuitenkaan riittävän tarttuvia että tätä jaksaisi enemmän kuunnella. Yksikään biisi ei jäänyt mieleen erityisen positiivisesti, joskaan ei myöskään negatiivisesti. Tai no levyn päättänyt rallattely oli ihan mukava kopio Country Roadsista. Vahvaa keikkumista kakkosen ja kolmosen välimaastossa.
Maybe this is particularly foundational but it seemed like pretty bog-standard 60s folk-rock to me. Fine, but "essential"?
Pleasant to listen to, but nothing life changing
I've never heard of this band/album before. It was pretty good! Almost like a psychedelic folk vibe. I added a handful of songs from it to the D&D travel playlist.
folksy, flower child tunes
This is interesting. I had heard the name of this band before but wasn't at all familiar. Reminds me a little of Rodriguez, a little of Donovan, maybe a little Byrds thrown in there. Good but not great. 3 stars.
Surprisingly holds up well. Their folk/rock/pop sound is enjoyable with a tiny/acceptable amount of minstrel mixed in. I thought it was strong, but didn't really love any track... just pretty consistent and can be appreciated.
Erstaunlich gut. Ich wusste überhaupt nicht, was mich erwartet, aber ich fand es besser, als die meisten Alben bis jetzt. Am besten hat mir "The Wolf of Velvet Fortune" gefallen. Ich hab irgendwann in der Mitte des Albums gelesen, dass der Drummer der Band nach dem vorangegangen Album gegangen war, weshalb möglicherweise viele der Stücke quasi ohne Schlagzeug waren. Aber auch hier find ich den Mix nicht wirklich gut gelungen. Ich bin mir sicher, dass das mit daran liegt, dass das Album aus den 60ern stammt, aber es stört mich leider trotzdem.
голос прикольный, но сами песни ну так
Elange de plein de style de l’epoque. Un peu de cou try, beatles et rock . C’est bon. 3.15
This album was alright. Singer’s voice reminded me a lot of Dylan and music reminiscent of Donovan. Stand out tracks: The Painter of Women, The Wolf of Velvet Fortune.
Ganz schön Catweasel‘ish und nebenbei das beste Dylan / Honky Tonk Album, das Bob nie gebracht hat. Ich weiss nichts über diese Hippies außer, dass sie sich um eine ausgewogene Produktion bemüht haben. Wirklich toll abgemischt (headphone music, but the „Nine Pound Hammer“ nearly hurts). Wäre weniger Ziegentremolo in der Stimme wär‘s ein wenig weniger theatralisch und entsprechend den Songs „ernsthafter“ (wo doch der Jung in der Mitte aufm Cover aussieht wie der Sadist Gendry aus GoT) Fanfarige 3.2
already listened to. 3
Mostly very pleasant to listen to, but doesn't stand out from among other well-known 60s music. Feels very been there, done that.
The jewel in the Beau Brummels' crown, Triangle was an unexpected departure from the band's earlier hitmaking formula -- and demonstrated Ron Elliott's growing maturation as a songwriter. All the band's signature styles (folk, country swing, and Brit-pop) are still heard in the mix, but the tunes here assume an added aura of mysticism. Too long ignored by rock cognoscenti, Triangle is (all hyperbole aside) a fine album that deserves to be heard by a wider audience.
Nice and folky-psychedelic
Beach boys / Bob Dylan vibes. Would listen to more.
Never heard of them. Inclined to listen more.
I enjoyed it.
Good stuff, very 60s
Fun to listen to. Not my bag and I would pass on this album myself but I can see the allure.
Some serious Bob Dylan vibes, but nothing as impactful as Dylan. A nice listen, but things started to blend together after a while.
A bit 'Bob Dylan'. Chill and airy and not a bad listen, but not something I would add to y regular rotation.
Dia dois. O vento esconde bem o sol lá fora. O Sporting é campeão. O trabalho liberta -inas de toda a espécie. Que bem que se estava no campo. Esbanjo banjo para todos. É um dia completo. MotA: Magic Hollow "How do you feel?"
has some real good jams, enjoy dudes voice too
weird 70s happy pop meets simon/garfunkel